"Not an Android guy at all, but I really hope that consumers aren't solely cost driven. Hopefully things don't have to be cheaper AND deliver more."
Isn't that what drives technology, cheaper, faster, smaller and better? And, I am not Android guy either.
"Whether the Xoom is a better value proposition is a different discussion, but does your Honeycomb Nook have a USB host port, twin cameras with flash, HDMI out, Bluetooth, eCompass, GPS, etc? If you don't care, that's fine, but the Xoom isn't overpriced JUST because it costs more than a hacked Nook or an iPad"
You are right! I do not care about having every feature in every device that I own. Seems to work for Apple at this point in time. That will probably change in due time. The reason I put Android on the Nook was to see what it was about.
And guess what, it saved me a small fortune. We can argue about spending on the Nook, however, I have a good reason for it which I will not get into here.
"At that point it becomes a matter of user requirements, which I hope involves more than cheapest."
Why not? Nothing wrong in saving a buck from time to time knowing these devices are obsolete in no time. That is my requirement, maybe not yours.
So, we disagree, which is fine. I have no issues with that. However, if the Xoom isn't selling what is the cause? The only other thing is maybe marketing? Like Lee Iaccoca said that you can build the best mouse trap and if you can't market it what good is it. (paraphrased)
Not that I am always right, I'm just never wrong.